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Bone marrow bank in China has more than 360,000 donated samples since it opened in 2001

Bone marrow bank in China has more than 360,000 donated samples since it opened in 2001 The China Marrow Donor Program has collected more than 360,000 donated marrow samples for patient and research use, a record since the country first launched its national marrow project in 2001. The Chinese government has allocated about 180 million […]

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Human heart size of a grain of rice kept alive by Chinese physicians

Human heart size of a grain of rice kept alive by Chinese physicians A human heart the size of a grain of rice taken from an aborted embryo in early June has been kept alive by Chinese physicians the official Xinua News Agency, Kyoto News Service reported. Researchers at the Shenyang Women and Infant’s Hospital […]

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Small liver transplant centers have higher mortality rates-UNOS study

Small liver transplant centers have higher mortality rates-UNOS study Centers performing 20 or fewer liver transplants annually have mortality rates that are significantly higher than those of centers doing more than 20 such procedures each year, but the public is unaware of these differences, according to a study in the December 30, 1999 issue of […]

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Names in the News

Names in the News *Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, has been awarded the 2005 National Medal of Science by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Starzl, professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was honored in the biological sciences in recognition of his performing the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and […]

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Pretransplant crossmatching can be elminated in some recipients which saves time and money, study finds

Pretransplant crossmatching can be elminated in some recipients which saves time and money, study finds Eliminating pretransplant crossmatching in certain transplant recipients can shorten cold ischemia time and save money, according to a report in the August issue of Clinical Transplantation. Waiting for a final crossmatch result can significantly delay organ transplantation, wrote Arthur Matas, […]

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Autoislet transplant after pancreatectomy prevents diabetes but is underutilized

Autoislet transplant after pancreatectomy prevents diabetes but is underutilized More patients undergoing pancreatectomy for chronic pancreatitis should be considered for autoislet transplantation, based on study findings that confirm the long-term success of such therapy, according to a multicenter US research team. For up to 13 years (average 6.2 years), the team followed 6 nondiabetic patients […]

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Autologous stem cell transplantation used to treat Crohn’s disease

Autologous stem cell transplantation used to treat Crohn’s disease Adult stem cells were extracted from the blood of 2 patients with Crohn’s disease and used to correct the immune system defect that causes the debilitating intestinal condition. Physicians at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago, IL said that a 22-year-old female patient with Crohn’s disease […]

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Osteotech, MTF settle lawsuit, enter into long-term processing agreement

Osteotech, MTF settle lawsuit, enter into long-term processing agreement Osteotech, Inc., Eatontown, NJ, and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF), Edison, NJ announced they have settled a patent lawsuit regarding MTF’s DBX tissue form and entered into a new long-term processing agreement. Under terms of the agreement, MTF will continue to process tissues with Osteotech through […]